How to choose a motherboard: Your 2020 buying guide

How to choose a motherboard: Your 2020 buying guide


If you’re looking to build your own PC
the motherboard you choose will serve as the foundation. Your motherboard
determines many of the other components that you’ll be able to use in your
system. Conversely some other components such as the processor determine which
motherboards you can choose from to begin with. Before we get started here’s
a big tip: Use Newegg’s comparison feature. if you go to the Newegg
motherboard page you can select up to five motherboards and receive a detailed
look at how they compare in terms of the topics discussed in this how-to.
Check out the links in the description below this video to try it out yourself.
The first decision you’ll need to make when choosing a motherboard is deciding
whether you want to go with Intel or AMD for your CPU. Both offer processor
options across a wide variety of different price points and performance
levels. Whether you’re putting together a low-cost build for light home use or
something powerful enough to handle 3D content creation, or gaming and streaming
at the same time. Once you’ve decided which CPU family is best for you then
you’ll need to pick a motherboard that uses the right socket. Basically a
processor socket is the mechanism through which a CPU is attached to a
motherboard. You need to pick a motherboard with a compatible socket for
the CPU that you plan to purchase. Not every Intel motherboard ever made will
work with every Intel CPU on the market. When looking at the CPU you have or want
to buy a Newegg look for the indicated socket type. Right now the most common
socket you’ll need to know are LGA 1151 for modern Intel CPUs and AM4 for AMD
CPUs. Then you’ll need to make sure to look for motherboards that match that
socket type. Often a motherboards page on Newegg will contain additional
information about which CPUs it supports. Motherboards come in different sizes
meaning that you have some flexibility in building your PC to fit into your
environment. If you have plenty of space then you might want to use a full sized
tower case but if you’re building a home theater PC that’s meant to sit beneath
your living room TV then you’ll likely want to use a much smaller case and
motherboard. Generally speaking the larger the motherboards physical size
the more components it will support. Use the size of your planned PC and the
components you want to install as guides to choose your motherboard form factor.
The ATX form factor is the most common for PC building but Micro ATX and Mini
ITX are options for more compact builds. Not all cases support all form factors,
so check the product pages for both your case and your motherboard to make sure
that they are compatible. The components of your PC will all connect to your
motherboard in one way or another, most often through the PCIe or SATA
interfaces. The PCIe connection is how you’ll connect many of your most
important components like your graphics card and PCIe slots come in a variety of
different sizes with X4 and X16 being the most common. PCIe 3.0 is the most
common version of the connection on the market right now but some of AMD’s most
recent board’s support PCIe 4.0, but they’re still backwards compatible. When
paying attention to connectivity options on your motherboard you’ll want to make
sure there are enough slots and ports for the components you want in your
build. Now let’s talk about graphics cards. Though some CPUs are capable of
outputting basic graphics on their own, if you want to do anything fancy like
gaming then you’ll want a dedicated graphics card which you’ll connect to
your motherboards PCIe slot. Most modern motherboards and graphics cards will
work together as long as you have an available PCIe slot so your GPU
selection isn’t as important to your motherboard choice as some other factors. The main considerations here will be whether you’re buying an especially
heavy and powerful GPU in which case you might want to look for motherboards with
reinforced PCIe slots to handle the weight or if you’re planning on running
multiple graphics cards together which will require you to pick a board that
allows for that. Today PCs are commonly equipped with at least 4GB of
RAM. How much RAM you need for your own PC depends on how
you plan to use it and 8GB is typically a safe recommendation for
most light users, with 16 or more GB being a good bet for heavier
users. RAM plugs into a motherboard via a rectangular slot that’s used for the
kind of RAM in use today. The dual inline memory module or DIMM. The number of DIMM
slots in a motherboard determine how much RAM you can add and it most
commonly varies from two to eight slots. You can add one RAM module at a time but
you will get the best performance when you install RAM and matched pairs. RAM is
usually purchased in kits of two or four DIMMs for example if you were looking to
equip your PC with 16GBs of RAM then you would typically buy a kit with
two 8GB DIMMs. When choosing RAM you’ll see designations like DDR4
and DDR3 that indicate its generation and speed numbers like 3000, 3200, and 3600. Your motherboard will support a
wide range of RAM types but make sure you compare your board with your RAM to
ensure compatibility. Every PC needs somewhere to store its data and that’s
going to come in the form of a traditional hard drive or an SSD. The
most common way to connect a storage drive today is through the SATA 3
connection and that will be supported by just about any motherboard you can buy.
On the cutting edge of storage technology you’ll find NVMe SSDs. This is
a newer protocol that offers increased bandwidth, lower power use, lower latency,
and other advantages. NVMe SSDs come in two form factors: cards that plug into
PCIe slots and compact versions that plug into M.2 connections. If you’re
considering an NVMe drive check to make sure your motherboard will support it.
One last major consideration when choosing a motherboard
comes down to the types of connections available on the back IO panel. For most
people the number of USB ports is going to be the most relevant
number here with high-end boards that are more focused on gaming and content
creation generally having more options. Audiophiles might want to pay special
attention to any extra audio connections the board supports too. Rounding out your
motherboard selection process you’ll want to think about what extra features
you’d like in your board and how much of a premium you’re willing to pay for
those features. Many modern motherboards sport customizable RGB lighting and some
are specially designed to be more liquid cooling friendly. Some have built-in
Wi-Fi while others have special cooling
features that make them better suited for gaming and overclocking. Motherboard
product pages will give you a rundown of the notable features so once you’ve
determined the core of what you need in terms of compatibility with the rest of
your build plans you can let these extras along with your price range and
preferred manufacture make your final determination. As you’re deciding on the
right motherboard for you, you’ll want to make sure that it meets your needs for
both today and tomorrow. If you know that you’ll never want to upgrade your PC
beyond its original configuration then you can choose a motherboard that
provides exactly what you need to get up and running, but if you think you might
want to expand your PC later then you’ll want to make sure your motherboard will
support your needs as they grow. Check out the links in the description below
to shop for motherboards on Newegg, and don’t forget to use the handy comparison
tool to make your choice easier.

12 thoughts to “How to choose a motherboard: Your 2020 buying guide”

  1. I got a Asus ROG Strix B450. Seems pretty good but required some settings changes to use all my components properly, so it wasn't necessarily for a total novice, although it was easy to make the changes once I looked up how to do so. But paired with my Ryzen 2700x, my new build is working great.

  2. 0:37 Processors

    1:51 Motherboard Sizes

    2:44 PCIe connectors and what they're used for

    3:28 Graphics Cards

    4:16 RAM

    5:35 Storage

    6:23 I/O Panel

  3. You guys have your act together!! I still have questions but I'll save them for now and go to your videos already shown and get them I am sure. I can see how I fell behind in computers as I was so proud when someone typed RAM I knew what that meant and a host of others. My biggest fault is retaining knowledge as I got hurt real bad and that affected my brain bad. I guess I am frustrated at 70 what is the best for me. I have always had a desktop but now money is tight and knowing I got what I really want is well confusing. Like when I turn this on, it gives the name of the motherboard yet can I remember it… sad but not a clue. I don't know why cause I forget now all of what I'm thinking in mid sentence yet it flashes in then before saying its gone again. I know that by having a computer my brain functions better and should I need help it is in here somewhere. I am making this worse than it is yet times it is worse. I am going to stop now and just say you guys have helped me in the past and will again

  4. Tbh I was searching for a video like this from damn while, and I found what I need, you dont deserve at all this low amount of veiws/ subs at all; keep on good content

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